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Suit of the Week: Theory

Suit of the Week: Theory

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For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional. Also: we just updated our big roundup for the best women’s suits of 2024!

So we (ok, I) talk a lot about how you can wear light blue suits the exact same way you would a light gray suit… but looking around this morning I realized that light gray suits maybe haven’t been around a lot lately. (There are still buckets of light blue suits, of course.)

The first one that caught my eye was the basic Theory suiting in “light gray melange” over at Nordstrom — blazer, trousers, and cropped pants, all on pretty great discount — but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find it pictured anywhere as a suit, only as separates.

Then, when I was hunting at Theory, I found the pretty pictured suit, which I think I like even more — the crosshatched canvas tweed is a much more interesting texture and, I think, makes both places far more interesting as separates.

I like it as styled, down to the loafers, although I’d probably recommend you wear a V-neck t-shirt beneath the blazer to a) allow you to take your blazer off during the day, and b) protect the blazer from your underarm area.

The blazer was $425, but is now marked to $255, with sizes 00-14 still available. Theory has a number of matching pieces (some of the dresses are very short on the models; know your office!), including a Chanel-like jacket, all in the same canvas tweed.

The pictured pants are were $325, and are now marked to $195. There are also matching trousers in the sale, as well, but I am sorry to report that they are “carpenter pants” with some too-odd-for-work details (IMHO).

You can also find some of the canvas tweed pieces at Bloomingdale’s (where they also have the same basic gray suiting on sale that I was looking at at Nordstrom), as well as Saks, and a few pieces at Neiman Marcus as well.

(Also: Theory Outlet has a light gray melange suit in stretch wool, and if you happen to be searching for a “metallic silk twill” suit in ice gray, Theory has one of those on sale as well.)

Sales of note for 6.5.24

  • Nordstrom – 4,000+ new markdowns for women; free 2-day shipping for a limited time on eligible items
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off dresses, jackets & shoes (ends 6/6)
  • Athleta – Extra 30% off sale items including Brooklyn pants and more. (Lots of sale items are final sale only though.)
  • Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything, plus extra 20% off purchase
  • Eloquii – $19+ select styles; up to 50% off everything else
  • Hugo Boss – Up to 30% off men’s, and up to 40% off women’s
  • J.Crew – Wear to work styles from $39
  • J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; extra 60% off clearance
  • Lo & Sons – Father’s Day Sale, up to 40% off
  • NET-A-PORTER – Up to 50% off, tons of great deals – see our roundup here
  • Rothy’s – Lots of great finds in the “final few” section
  • Talbots – Buy 1 get 1 50% off everything, includes markdowns



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